Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site - Major Commissions Programme: Artist Brief

Deadline: 05/11/2018  |  Published: 10/10/2018  |  City: Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site  |  Region: Derbyshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Beam

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Seeking two artists, collectives or creative organisations for 2 separate commissions to be delivered in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site as part of the Great Place programme.

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) is a place that changed the world. It is a place where the dramatic power of the landscape was harnessed through human ingenuity, leading to industrial developments that revolutionised the way people worked and lived. Derwent Valley Mills was inscribed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

Beam has been appointed as Creative Producer to lead on an ambitious contemporary arts programme as part of the DVWMHS Great Place programme. The activities are funded as a Great Place Scheme, a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Arts Council England and supported by Historic England.

This is an open call seeking to appoint two artists, collectives or creative organisations for 2 separate commissions under this brief.

The aim of the commissions is to deliver 2 ambitious arts commissions that will serve to shine a light on little known aspects of the World Heritage Site and attract profile for the DVMWHS from both visitors and local communities alike.

We are very open to a wide range of artforms or interdisciplinary work provided that the chosen medium has the potential for large-scale impact on the profile of the site. It is likely that the outcome of the commissions will be of a temporary nature, although we are open to alternative proposals.

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday 5 November 2018, with interviews planned in Derbyshire on Monday 19 November.

Submission is via Curatorspace.

To download a copy of the detailed Artist Brief for this opportunity please visit the Beam website.

Please note: There is also a call out currently live for expressions of interest from Artists for a series of Pop Up events across the valley - also currently listed on Curatorspace.


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When is the deadline?
By the end of Monday 5 November 2018.
When is the delivery date?
Various - please see Artist Brief.
How do you decide on proposals?
All proposals will be reviewed and scored by the project steering group.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be invited to attend for interview with the project steering group on Monday 19 November in Derbyshire - venue to be confirmed.
What is the best way to get an overview of the DVMWHS by public transport, and how do I find out mor
This enquiry has been submitted by an Artist - to which we provided the following response:
This link provides information to transport along the valley

A train trip on the Derwent Valley line - stopping off at some of the main sites - gives you a good sense of the place as a whole.

Discovery Days is a wide ranging programme of activities which you can read more about here - (they helpfully categorise them by date so you can see what is on on the day you are available)

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